July 18, 2008

Inbox - The Creative Economy

from my mailbox this morning (below) - looks like the idea of the creative economy has taken root. MA has so much to offer in terms of cultural tourism - glad to see that the politicians are figuring out how valuable that is.

Creative Economy Council Passes in the Mass. House
Proposal to Create Council: First in the Nation

Dear Friends,

This week the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a bill to create a statewide council on the creative economy. The council will work with the Office of Economic Development to "develop a statewide strategy for the enhancement, encouragement, and growth of the creative economy in the commonwealth, and to promote through public and private means responsive public policies and innovative private sector practices."

MAASH thanks Speaker of the House Sal DiMasi, Chairman Dan Bosley and the entire House chamber for taking the national lead in this economic opportunity for our communities.

Rep. Dan Bosley (D-N. Adams), House Chairman of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, proposed the bill and guided it through the House legislative process.

"The creation of the first-in-the-nation statewide creative economy council
is a major milestone in the growth of our creative economy. Through this
council, we will be able to identify strategies, effective practices and
ideas so that the non-profit cultural organizations, the for-profit businesses and creative individuals can thrive. I am proud to be part of an effort that once again makes Massachusetts a national leader." Chairman Bosley said.

The council will consist of 23 members including legislators, the director of MAASH, the director of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and other leaders in the creative economy movement.

The text of the bill will be posted on the MAASH web site.

The creative economy council bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

Thank you,

Dan Hunter
Executive Director
Massachusetts Advocates for the Arts, Sciences, & Humanities (MAASH)


TexasHoldemTips said...

Sometimes I really miss Boston. This is one of those times (sigh). There is just so much to see and do. Maybe it's time to cash in some frequent flier miles . . .

Ann said...

You can actually check out the economic impact of different creative nonprofits and businesses at CultureCount.org. The site emerged from NEFA's creative economy research.